Indoor air quality has an important impact on your health. However, there are several sources of indoor air pollution, such as dust, dander, pollen, gas, chemicals and other particles. One of the effective ways to improve indoor air quality is by installing an air purifier.
An air purifier will bring many benefits to your home:
- Air purifiers are undeniably necessary important for people living with asthma. Pollutants such as pet dander, pollen, or dust mites can trigger asthma, causing difficulty breathing.
- Air purifiers with activated carbon can cleanse harmful chemical contaminants from indoor environments, avoiding the risk of several health problems.
- It neutralizes unpleasant odor and eliminates pet hair from the air. It even eliminates dust, pollen, and allergens from the air, which can be helpful for allergy sufferers.
Most air purifiers are pretty easy to use, you can simply turn it on and leave it running all day long. That said, you can maximize their performance and functionality by following these 5 tips and tricks on how to use an air purifier:
1. Clean or replace the filters regularly
As its filters collect more pollutants over time, your air purifier will lose its efficiency. You will need to either clean or replace the filters to make sure your purifier performs well. Read and follow strictly the filter replacement guidelines in your owner’s manual.
For air purifiers with HEPA or carbon filters, you should replace the filters every year. Most filters have a lifespan of 6 to 12 months, but it depends on usage.
To keep the purifier’s body clean, wipe dust and debris using a microfiber cloth. Avoid using wet cloth.
2. Place it in the right place
If this is the first time you buy an air purifier, you will find it difficult to decide where and how to place it. You need to know that the location of the product matters a lot. Electrolux will share with you some tips for placing your air purifier:
- You should ensure that your air purifier is centrally located in your room to deliver clean air into your personal space. Also, place it on a flat surface such as the floor, dresser, or table.
- Most air purifiers have front air intakes and side intakes with the outlet at the top. It’s important to ensure that the location you pick does not block the air intake. Also, you should point the flow of clean air towards your breathing zone. Putting it too low or high can negatively affect its performance. We recommend placing the purifier at least 15 cm from the nearest object, including walls.
- Make sure to place the air purifier in a place where nothing can obstruct airflow. Don’t place it against walls or large furniture. Also, avoid placing books, vases, or anything on the top of the air purifier that can block the airflow or change the settings of the unit.
- Avoid a location that is too hot or too cold. Extreme temperature levels can cause a strain on your air purifier.
3. Keep your air purifier ON all the time
Purifying the air is a continuous process because the airflow in your room is constantly changing. You cannot run your air purifiers for a few hours and expect the air to be clean. Also, running your air purifier 24/7 can benefit people that have allergies and respiratory issues, such as asthma.
But you don’t have to worry about energy consumption - most air purifiers don’t require a lot of electricity, as it only consumes about the same amount as your computer. If you’re concerned about energy usage, you can turn the fan speed to low. If you choose to run it only at certain times, running it at night would be beneficial.
4. Keep doors and windows closed when the air purifier is on
Similar to air conditioners, air purifiers work more efficiently in confined spaces because they can remove micro-dust, odors and allergen faster. If you leave the doors or windows open when using an air purifier, then all the clean air will escape! Thus, to save electricity, just turn off your air purifier when you open the door.
Also, remember to check if there are any leaks in the doors, windows or roofs. This will prevent outdoor air from getting into your room, which saves the filters from overworking.
5. Do some extra efforts to improve indoor air quality
Your air purifier can perform more efficiently if you do some little extra works. Since air purifiers cannot remove large dust and allergens, vacuuming once or twice a week is recommended to improve the air quality. Discover a range of Electrolux vacuum cleaners for superior cleaning performance.
Also, air purifiers will do less work in rooms with no carpets because dirt, germs and allergens can settle on the carpets. However, if you need carpets and upholstery, make sure the air purifier is in the right setting to effectively reduce dust caught by these items.
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